It was one of the biggest storylines of this past NHL offseason. Tyler Seguin, drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2010 thanks to the famous Phil Kessel trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs, was dealt just three years later to the Dallas Stars. Once labeled a key piece of Boston’s future was sent packing to Texas, the Bruins essentially washed their hands of a player who was just 21 years of age.
To many, the trade seemed to spark from the fact that Seguin didn’t seem to live up to the potential and hype he was given coming into his rookie season. Last year was arguably his worst season as a pro, highlighted by his subpar postseason play that saw him net just one goal in 22 games of Boston’s Stanley Cup Finals run. Soon after the deal, which sent Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and others to the Bruins, stories began surfacing regarding Seguin’s immaturity. Rumors of late night partying during the playoffs, showing up to practice wearing the same clothes from the night before and needing security to keep him in his hotel room ran rampant through the New England media. Suddenly, a new dynamic was finding its way into the reasoning for Boston’s trade. Much of it is rumor, but it certainly smeared Seguin’s reputation.
Those trying to determine the winner of the deal seem to be leaning towards Dallas at the moment. Though Eriksson was finding his groove before a concussion suffered thanks to a dirty hit from Buffalo Sabres goon John Scott had him missing a few games, Seguin is lighting it up for the Stars. He currently has 15 points in 14 games, thanks to six goals and nine assists.
With a rematch against his former team on the docket for tonight, Seguin was asked about the deal and where he is now as a player, and it certainly sounds like he’s moved on from his time in Boston.
“I look at the player and person I am today, it’s not the same as when I was in Boston,” he said. “I feel like I’ve improved and I have no limit on where I’m going to go…I look at my game, and it’s a whole different situation and a whole different opportunity, and I’m just trying to take advantage of it.
“There were some decisions that I could have made differently. But I think people make mistakes, everyone does. I don’t think I regret too much. I’ve faced up to all of music already, and I’ve moved on and I’m very excited to be in Dallas.”
Full marks for Seguin and his politically correct response to some undoubtedly baited questions. Whether or not the rumors of his debauchery are true, he was skewered by his former hometown media, and could’ve taken this as a chance to retaliate. Instead, he took no shots, admitted he may have made some gaffes and claimed he’s moving past everything.
Regardless of the differences in the current stat lines of all players involved in the trade, it’s still too early to determine winners and losers of the deal. Though Seguin is scoring at an incredible clip, he’s still being questioned on the opposite side of the ice. His face off numbers are pretty poor, and his new coach Lindy Ruff recently said he needs to get more aggressive defensively.
Still, perhaps a change of scenery was all Seguin needed to finally reach his offensive potential. Whether or not he can sustain it for the rest of the season will determine just who ends up winning the blockbuster trade.